Technology company Higg Co is hoping the appointment of a new head of global partnerships will further scale the Higg Index use within the apparel industry and beyond.
Former Microsoft executive, Josh Henretig, has joined Higg Co’s leadership team as vice president of global partnerships to lead the year-old company’s continued expansion through strategic partnerships.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) spun-off of Higg Co in May last year as a new for-profit unit with a focus on developing Higg Index technology and making it available for all Higg Index customers to use at a global scale.
Commenting on the new appointment, Higg Co CEO, Jason Kibbey, said: “Achieving Higg Co’s mission of consistent and comparable sustainability data across consumer goods industries requires rapid proliferation, exchange and disclosure of the data. Strategic partnerships are absolutely critical to that effort. Josh brings a unique combination of technical understanding and insight into the sustainability challenges being addressed by the world’s largest businesses.”
A 17-year veteran of Microsoft, Henretig helped shape the sustainability agenda at the company, from its first public environmental commitments in 2008, to its announcement earlier this year to become carbon negative.
In his time with Microsoft, Henretig worked on all aspects of corporate sustainability design and execution, from product development and strategic partnerships, to developing scalable programmes and tools to drive innovation while decoupling environmental impacts from business growth.
At Higg Co, Henretig is responsible for developing new partnerships with key stakeholder organisations aligned with the company’s mission and vision and identifying new collaboration and scale opportunities based on future product plans.